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MEMA reports 111 damaged homes, 4 injuries from bout of severe weather

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The Mississippi Emergency Management Agency (MEMA) has released an assessment of the damage caused by the severe storms that swept across the state one week ago.

According to MEMA, the storms resulted in damage to at least 111 homes throughout the counties and four injuries – three in Sharkey and one in Hinds.

Here’s the list of counties that reported damaged areas:

    • Adams– 5 homes, 1 public bridge
    • Clarke – 20 homes
    • Forest– 29 homes
    • Harrison – 3 homes; 3 public buildings
    • Jefferson – 3 homes; 1 public road
    • Madison – 15 homes
    • Newton – 16 homes
    • Sharkey– 19 homes, 2 farms, 1 public bridge
    • Sunflower – 1 home
    • Wilkinson – 3 public roads

The Hattiesburg Zoo also received heavy flooding and damage to a portion of the zoo’s train tracks. Gordon’s Creek, which is adjacent to the zoo, exceeded its banks, causing the undermining of approximately 75 feet of tracks.

“We were sad to discover the washout Thursday morning,” Rick Taylor, Executive Director of the Hattiesburg Convention Commission said. “These storms were unprecedented, and Mother Nature proved to be a wrecking force for the Zoo’s train track. Fortunately, both trains were secured during the storms and did not sustain any damage.”

The train will remain closed at this time until repairs can be made. No animals at the zoo were injured during the storm.

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